US Passport Acceptance Agent
A Passport Acceptance agent is an individual trained and certified by the U.S. State Department to initiate and “execute” the passport application process for new passports, first-time passports, lost passports, child/minor passports, and for applicants who are not eligible to renew their passports.
Passport acceptance agents can be found at most post offices, county clerks, city, clerks, and sometimes at public libraries. To find one, go to the Passport Acceptance Agent Search Page and insert your zip code. This website will search for acceptance agents near you and will provide you with their contact information, hours of operation, and whether appointments are required for that facility.
Think of a Passport Acceptance Agent as the first layer quality control and security. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to obtain a U.S. passport. It is important that our government establishes that an individual applying for a U.S. passport is a U.S. citizen, and is being forthright about their personal information and identity. The acceptance agent is responsible for actually looking at you, looking at your identification, and watching you sign your passport application. They can then essentially sign off on your paperwork which tells the U.S. passport agency that you were able to prove your identity, and that you personally signed your application in front of the acceptance agent. This protects you, protects your identity, and ensures that U.S. passport are not issued falsely.
While it may seem inconvenient to take a family trip to a passport acceptance agent every time your kid needs a passport, it really is in the interest of your child. You cannot renew a child passport ever, you have to apply from scratch each time you get a child a passport. This involves both parents and the child appearing at a passport acceptance agent. At this time, the acceptance agent is establishes who the parents are by looking at the child’s birth certificate. They then establish that the parent or parents on the birth certificate are present with the child, and both consent to the child getting a passport. Both parents must prove their identity and sign the application. Without this process, one parent would be able to leave the country with a child against the other parent’s will.
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